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Monitoring progress in reducing maternal mortality using verbal autopsy methods in vital registration systems: what can we conclude about specific causes of maternal death?

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The World Health Organization recommends the use of verbal autopsy (VA) methods to measure maternal mortality in countries without adequate medical certification of the cause of death, in part to enable them to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births [1, 2]. This recommendation implies that procedures for the collection of VAs are in place to ensure the completeness of reporting of maternal deaths and that sufficient information about the cause of each maternal death from these sources is

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